Eric Höweler, Architect/Co-Founder, Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Courtney J. Martin, Director, Yale Center for British Art
Anthony Romero, Professor of the Practice, SMFA at Tufts
Mechtild Widrich, Associate Professor, Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Moderated by Diana Martinez, Assistant Professor, Director of Architectural Studies, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Tufts University
Museums and historic monuments are the guardians of collections and histories that often times carry with them legacies of institutional racism and colonialism, one of the effects of which has been the presentation of limited cultural, geographic, gender, and racial perspectives. The psychological and societal impacts of these visible inequities have become increasingly evident. How can architecture and design be used to build spaces of not only inclusion, but of repair? How can public art and new monuments be used to re-contextualize historical narratives and create spaces that move beyond diversity and towards social engagement and transformation? As part of a series of conversations led and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this panel will bring together an architect, architecture historian, an artist, and a curator to reflect upon how their work in their respective fields, contributes to racial discourse, and works towards a vision of racial equity. Co-sponsored with Tufts Department of History of Art and Architecture.